Cusp of Evil
's debut, released four years ago on Old Temple
, had garnered ok reviews. Ranging from the promising to the somewhat positive, the band had showed potential but, unlike many bands that prove their point with their first release, Embrional
had failed to attract too much attention at the time (too many interludes, a tad bit too generic though well executed).
As I just wrote, many bands usually make their point when releasing their debut… but it usually (not always, mind you) goes downward after this. This was true back in the early 90s and still is nowadays. So there was room for progression for Embrional
’s sophomore release and eventually the promise that we wouldn’t be faced with another disappointment like Ebola
’s own sophomore (wtf!?).
’s Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors
(AA-HB) surpasses in every way Cusp of Evil
delivers very occult and dark Death Metal
with a welcome twist on brutality. I guess the best way to describe their newest opus is to picture the perfect wedding between Azarath
’ Blasphemers’ Malediction
. Yes, you read that very well. Though it may be a bit too early to confirm Azarath
' latest effort as a cult masterpiece, it was certainly praised by most in the community and I assume, I hope, that I don't need mentioning how influential and quintessential an album Obscura
Taking the brutality and technical efficiency of the former, they mix it with the dissonantly epic and dark atmospheres of the latter. Which makes it even more perfect for everyone and especially those who thought that Gorguts
’ masterpiece lacked somehow in musicality. The songs on AA-HB display tortured riffing with inspired blast beats and soli, a trademark in the Polish school. They don't just blast their way to hell as the guys of Embrional
know that to maintain the right pressure consistently, a few breaks (here often in the form of "acoustic" interludes) are welcome.
To top an already appetizing cake, Vermin
of the Earth
, the ending track on AA-HB, goes even further in dissonance and the final riffing sounds as it if were coming from the not less tortured minds of Portal
minus the murky and suffocating production of the Aussies. And
’s singer, sounds even like Immolation
’s Ross Dolan. Oh… I guess I need to change pants!
Replay value? Great, fantastic, the more you will play the record the more it will grow on you and you will find subtleties amid the tsunami’s rage that weren’t so obvious on the first spins. To be perfectly honest, in 2012
, AA-HB may well be a solid contender for the best Death Metal
album and this is the perfect reminder for all those bands that think a few low keys and an old-school sound may be enough to sound evil. Real Death Metal
comes from the darkness that we all grow in until it has to be released. Bands that forget this have not grasped the essence of this music. It took Embrional
a second effort to achieve this enlightened state , but it was damn well worth the wait.
PS : Hails and thanks to the Polska Supremacist! You know who you are!